Getting your children to clean their rooms can be a pain in the you-know-what. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are 8 sure-fire ways to get your kids to clean their rooms.
Give Them Direction
It’s easy to just say (or yell) “GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM!”, and of course, kids should know what a clean room is supposed to look like. But instead of just telling them to go do it, start off by giving them direction. This will help them understand what all needs to be done in their bedroom.
Starting off its best to go into their rooms with them and tell them where to start. For instance, first make your bed, once you finish making your bed pick up the clothes on the floor; place the dirty clothes in a basket or fold them and put them away. As each task gets completed add more.
The ultimate goal is to get them to do it on their own, but if they are still very young it’s okay to throw in a hand and help them.
Make a Checklist
Similar to giving direction, a checklist may be helpful for older children. This is a visual written reminder of what they need to do as they are cleaning their room. (Make sure to scroll to the end for an awesome checklist)
As each task is completed they simply place a check mark next to it and move on to the next item. For younger children, you can use a checklist with pictures to indicate what they need to do.
Make Chores Age Appropriate
Make sure the toys you assign are chores that your child can actually do. A two or three-year-old can’t wash dishes, but they may be able to help you load or unload the dishwasher. Young children can also help to load and unload the washing machine, dust, and pick up small pieces of trash off the floor.
Preschool children can make their beds, as well as complete tasks that younger children do. Older children obviously are able to accomplish a lot more but it’s important to make sure that you don’t overwhelm them with too many chores at one time.
Baskets are a great way to easily conceal items. They can be used to store everything from pillows to books to clothing and toys.
For kids rooms, baskets are a great tool to use to store toys and it enables children to be more independent in picking up after themselves.
I’m not saying bribe your children to clean their room, however, it’s a great idea to have some type of incentive for everyone when they have completed their cleaning. Whether it’s a family movie night, a trip to the park or after dinner walk, the result is a clean house and some well-deserved family time.
Let It Go
Don’t get stressed out over the house. If it is in complete shambles, do what you can to get it straightened out. Don’t let yourself nor your kids get stressed over cleaning their bedrooms. We expect for it to be in one sitting, but that’s not always possible. Teaching them to do a little bit each day can help combat things from getting out of hand.
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